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The carpet in the Prince's Court

In front, and extended about three-fourths of the length of the room or hall, was ‘the Carpet’, which plays such a large part in Durbars… by which Viceroys and others measure the degree of consideration and honour which is assigned to the durbarees…

William Howard Russell diary entry, 9 November 1875

During each reception hosted by the Prince, a carpet was positioned in the centre of the room. Based on an elaborate hierarchy, the carpet played a prominent role in determining the status of each visitor. When receiving rulers of high status the Prince was advised to walk toward the furthest edge of the carpet to greet them. For the rulers deemed to be of lesser status, the Prince would take only a few steps.